Once in a while, quite often actually to be honest, I ask myself what it is that I value so much about Jikiden Reiki. There are many answers to this question. Today I want to focus on the power of being ordinary. Of simply being yourself.
In Jikiden Reiki, we don’t have to comply with the externally imposed standards of behaviour sometimes expected in spiritual communities. There are as many practitioners who choose to eat meat as there are those who choose not to. My teacher, Tadao Yamaguchi, quite likes the odd glass of Lager, and another teacher who has been very important on my Reiki path, Frank Arjava Petter, surprises some of his students by his fondness of ‘bad jokes’. Earthy, unpretentious, real, humble.
I’m not saying this because I want licence to ‘misbehave’. This post is about an understanding at the heart of Jikiden Reiki that I hugely appreciate: the knowledge that ‘Reiki’, our connection to Source, to the Divine (substitute with the language that you are comfortable with) is already there in each and every one of us. It is merely a matter of gradually – or quickly – as the case may be, tapping into this full potential that is everyone’s birthright.
I vividly remember meeting a fellow therapist working with bio-energies at a recent training event. Naturally I was interested in her discipline and asked a few questions. Only to be told that ‘at your level I wouldn’t expect you to understand’. Woah. Luckily I don’t take things personally. But to me the New Age world can sometimes feel full of such ‘spiritual snobbery’ and competition in terms of who is the most ‘evolved’.
My sense of Jikiden Reiki is that of a level playing field. If Reiki is based on the premise that ‘the true human being is perfect’, and, as a spiritual path as well as a healing method, is about finding our way back to what is already there, how can we spend our time judging each other? Reiki then is about a community of fellow travellers, helping each other along the way. We don’t need to put anyone else on a pedestal, we don’t need to call ourselves ‘Master’, and we can be patient with ourselves when we’re not showing too many signs of perfection yet. As long as we’re committed to keep trying. Kyo dake wa. Just for today:
Do not be angry, do not worry, be grateful, do your duties, be kind to others.
What has prompted me to write this post is the warm comments people posted on my facebook page when I let them know that we will be able to see a DVD of Chiyoko sensei in a fortnight, when Tadao sensei is coming to Edinburgh. Everyone I know who has met her was deeply touched by her presence, and yet, she seems to have been content to be ordinary all her life. My colleague, Amanda Jayne, who had the good fortune to be trained by Chiyoko, remembers her as “everyone’s favourite granny. A housewife all her life, primarily concerned with the welfare of her family and the people she cared for.”
As was clearly the case with Chiyoko sensei, a lifetime of living by the Gokai, our simple but powerful Reiki standards, should, by reasonable expectation, result in spirituality and everyday life becoming one and the same. In my teacher, Tadao Yamaguchi’s words: “Reiki is not something we want you to think of as special. It is something everybody can do that is part of daily life”.